This is an historical archive of the activities of the MRC Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit (MRC ANU) that operated at the University of Oxford from 1985 until March 2015. The MRC ANU established a reputation for world-leading research on the brain, for training new generations of scientists, and for engaging the general public in neuroscience. The successes of the MRC ANU are now built upon at the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford.

Peter Magill wins Wellcome Trust Investigator Award

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Peter Magill, MRC Unit Programme Leader, has received a prestigious New Investigator Award from The Wellcome Trust.  These Awards are intended to support independent, early-career researchers of exceptional promise, who can already show that they have the ability to innovate and drive advances in their field of study.  Dr. Magill will use his Award to fund a new research programme that will capitalise on his Group’s recent discovery that nerve cells of the external globus pallidus are well suited to perform a ‘division of labour’ in helping the brain to control voluntary movements.

Dr. Magill commented, “I am delighted to have received this New Investigator Award.  It not only reflects my achievements, but also the excellent work of my Group members and collaborators, past and present.  It is also a fitting recognition of the outstanding intellectual environment and technical infrastructure that are established at the MRC Unit and University Department of Pharmacology.  It is an exciting time for everyone involved in this research, and we look forward to starting the programme.”